Tell me about Athens

Anyone got any good tips for a few days in Athens? I’m going to a wedding in May and we’re gonna stay for a week but I’ve been told that Greek weddings go on pretty late so I’m planning a full day’s recovery at least, which gives us about 4 full days.

Advice on day trips, restaurants, beaches, historical sites all welcome thanksssssss

What’s your tolerance threshold for ruins?

The Acropolis, Acropolis museum, Roman Forum, Ancient Agora and Panathinaiku stadium are all worth wandering around, and will take about two days to see properly.

A day trip to Delphi is also worth doing.

And if you like a steady hike with excellent views of the city, then Lycabettus Hill will take up half a day.

What time of year are you going? Bear in mind that it gets VERY hot in the summer, and there’s little shade at the historical sites.

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It’ll be mid-May so not overly hot and busy hopefully. They’re all great tips, cheers!

There is also a funicular if you want the easy/quick option

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I do like a good funicular

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Oh that should be okay then. In the height of summer you’d have to break up and space out a lot of the outdoor stuff as it gets too hot to be outside for too long unless you’re good in the heat.

There’s a really nice park near the parliament building (I think) but, otherwise, as marckee says, loads and loads of ruins so hopefully you’re into that.

There’s a great market with loads and loads of restaurants too.

Parthenon is a must and, yes, I’d agree that the olympic stadium is well worth a visit.

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I only went over night on my way back from Paros a few years ago and nothing to add here but it is lovely. Greeks do excellent coffee.

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